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The Source - December 17, 2013
10:40 am
Tue December 17, 2013

The Source: Creationism In The Classroom | Coding Towards The Future

Michelangelo Wikimedia Commons

In the first segment: 

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Government
10:10 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Political Parties To Hold Drawing For Ballot Placement

Candidates running in next year's Republican and Democratic primaries are hoping to win the lottery. But instead of winning millions of dollars, they simply want a good spot on the March 4 primary ballot.

Tuesday, the candidates will draw for their places.

Tuesday is the deadline for the parties to hold a drawing that will determine how the primary ballots will look. In the Democratic drawing, Bexar County primary Director, Diana Arevalo, said they'll have candidates pick ping pong balls from a hat.

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Environment
5:53 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Edwards Aquifer Authority Declares Rare Wintertime Stage 3 Restrictions

In a rare move for this time of year, the Edwards Aquifer Authority has declared Stage 3 water restrictions.

SAWS customers need not worry. A spokesperson tells TPR there is enough reserve water on hand at its Carrizo Aquifer storage site in southern Bexar County to not impose restrictions on its customers. But, SAWS itself will have to reduce its pumping out of the Edwards Aquifer by 35 percent.

SAWS, along with small municipalities like Universal City and Alamo Heights, are permit holders of the EAA. SAWS happens to be the largest permit holder.

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Community
5:33 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Komodo Dragon, Two Other Reptiles Perish in San Antonio Zoo Fire

The reptile exhibit at the San Antonio Zoo will be closed for at least eight months
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Zoo has lost at least three reptiles,  including a Komodo Dragon, in a fire this morning.

The fire in the zoo’s reptile house broke out at 6 a.m. According to zoo officials, a short circuit in what’s called a hog mat, which keeps the animals warm, is likely the cause. The small blaze took the fire department only 50 gallons of water to put out. However, three animals died due to smoke inhalation, including an 8-foot female Komodo dragon, a small snake and one other reptile.

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Arts & Culture
3:57 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

San Antonio Artists: Your City Wants You

Ballroom Luminoso (recent public art installation)
City of San Antonio

San Antonio needs a few good artists. As the city's Public Art Manager Jimmy Leflore explains, “We’re looking for artists of different backgrounds, not just one particular type.”

There are several different kinds of public art projects they’re seeking artists for.

“We’ll have two new libraries," Leflore continues, "we have a series of parks that are going to be improved. We’re looking at probably eight to ten artists that will be selected in the coming year. There are over 20 projects that we’re looking to do as part of the 2012 bond package.”

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Community
3:31 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Seven Adult Learning Centers To Close As City Negotiates Future Of Four

A notice on the door of the Columbia Heights Learning Center advises students that the center will be closing.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The final days for San Antonio’s Adult Education Learning Centers are looming. The seven centers fell victim in the last city budget scrubbing, but the loss of the centers comes at a time when a new state law changes the way many people use community outreach programs to learn English, or pick-up computer skills.

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2014 Election Campaign
3:22 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

3 Of 4 Republican Candidates For Lt. Governor Want Creationism Taught In Public Schools

State Sen. Dan Patrick
File photo.

This November, the State Board of Education closed the door on whether to water down the Theory of Evolution in 2014’s science textbooks, despite creationists’ efforts.   Recently appearing in their first televised debate, three of the four Republican candidates running for Lieutenant Governor re-opened that door stating they would help pass laws to allow Creationism to be taught in public schools.  Houston State Senator Dan Patrick was one of those

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Government
2:45 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

UT Regent Wallace Hall Declines to Speak with Lawmakers

Marsha Miller University of Texas

UPDATE, 12/16/13: For months, Texas House lawmakers have heard from attorneys for the U.T system and the Board of Regents regarding accusations that Regent Wallace Hall overstepped his authority as a state-appointed official by requesting thousands of documents in what some have deemed a “witch hunt” to terminate UT at Austin President Bill Powers.  Hall is also accused of distributing students sensitive and private information.  In early December Hall and his attorney agreed to have the embattled Regent testify before the House’s Select Committee on the Transparency of Gov

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Arts & Culture
1:32 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

The Story Behind That New Downtown Painting

Mark Menjivar

You may have seen it pop up recently downtown, and wondered what it's all about. A painting, nearly 100 feet wide, and almost 30 feet tall, on West Commerce street by Main Plaza, in an environment where it really stands out.  It's  quite unlike the environs, quite new, quite large, and quite red.

Maura Reilly, Director of the Linda Pace Foundation, describes it as "...an abstract design. So it’s an interesting addition to the Historic Main Plaza."

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The Source - December 16, 2013
10:34 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

The Source: Evolving Opinions On End Of Life In America | Informing The News

Flikr User: alex@faraway

In the first segment: 

A recent poll from the Pew research center focused on the how Americans think about end-of-life medical treatments. Should doctors always try and keep patients alive? Or should people be allowed to die in certain circumstances? 

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